Last post on Nov 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM
You are in the Mitsubishi Galant
What is this discussion about?
Mitsubishi Galant, Sedan
#997 of 2502 RE: More Problems
Apr 08, 2002 (5:11 pm)
Every manufacturer has its share of lemons, and you quite obviously got one. Back in 1996 I bought a new car and thought that finally I would have one of hte most well-built and reliable cars on the planet: A brand new Corolla.
The 1996 Corolla today enjoys one of the best reliability ratings for 1996 used cars, and tons of them are on the road looking every bit as good as they did when new. I know two people with that generation of Corolla, one a 96 with 110,000 miles and the other a 94 with a very-low 140,000 miles. Both cars are cherry, and are still solid and dependable.
Mine, on the other hand, was a lemon. It was in and out of the shop constantly for silly things like wind noise (poorly sealed windshield), a plethora of rattles (four distinct ones from tha dashboard alone), and my favorite, interior and instrument lights with their own oppinions as to when they should work (the radio was on the same schedule). Eventually, 7 months after purchase, Toyota finally decided that it would be cheaper to take the car back than to keep servicing it.
The irony is that on my way to the dealership to give it back, a full-size GMC pickup crossed the center divider and hit me head-on at a combined speed of 85MPH, totalling the car. This collision, however, demonstrated Toyota quality far better than my niggling problems did, as the driver of that pickup (1994, air bag equipped) broke his wrist and collarbone, while I walked away with a scrape on my forehead (the airbag), bent frames on my glasses, and minor abrasions on the insides of my arms (airbag again). The passenger cabin of that Corolla wasn't at all deformed, despite the car being more than 2 feet shorter than it was minutes before.
I didn't buy another Toyota, but that was only based on thier lack of rebates at the time. I know that despite my getting a rare lemon, it is a fantastic car.
Likewise, Mitsubishi makes a pretty good product as well. I know this from experience, having owned a 1988 Mitsubishi that never missed a beat. My 2002 Galant so far has had such catastrophic problems as a squeek in the drivers seat 9to be fixed at my next oil change) and poor fuel economy, which has improved significantly since I hit 5,000 miles (went from 19 up to 25 MPG).
I also own a mid-sized Saturn L200, and used to have a Honda Accord (1993), and this Galant is not only the nicest of the lot, but also the most solid-feeling. Its not perfect (small back seat, below average fuel economy), but for the price it is very competitive and a quality product.
I'm sorry you got a bad one, but it is just that, a bad ONE.
#998 of 2502 Agree with Lawman again!
Apr 09, 2002 (12:58 pm)
My mother owns a 1994 Chrysler New Yorker. The timing belt went while my brother was driving the car with his permit for the first time, causing the water pump to go as well. The computer has been replaced two times already, the car has a constant clunk, the speedo would shoot to 120 when you were doing 30, the transmission went, power seats are out of alignment, one day we were driving home down a busy road, the air stopped working, the windows wouldnt roll down, the blinkers wouldnt work, no lights, all the dash lights come on inside the car, no windshield wipers....it was problem after problem with the car and today the car only has 60K miles on it and is still physically falling apart....but i know there are some people that buy nothing but chryslers or people that love their cars.
No matter how much you hate your vehicle, the name or whatever, there is always someone that loves their vehicle (that carries the same nameplate) and is faithful to that brand.
I am on my second Mitsu, the first i had to replace a 02 sensor, that was all the unscheduled maintenance in 7 years.
Now, my 2nd mitsu has 13K miles on it at 7 months old. So far....so good.
#999 of 2502 Electrical gremlins?
Apr 11, 2002 (1:56 pm)
I'm pretty close to purchasing a 1999 V6 GTZ Galant with around 28K miles on it that seems to be in very good shape, however the electrical system concerns me. Not being familiar at all with Mitsubishis, I'd appreciate some feedback on this one:
Both power mirrors were dead due to a blown fuse; one of the bulbs for the turning signal was burnt; the dealer replaced the bulb and the fuse, but then found out that the wiper washer pump and the horn are dead... I'm wondering if there might be a common source for all this, or if Mitsubishis are prone to electrical problems. I'd hate to be chasing a short behind the dash for the next 5 years. Also, is premium fuel required for the V6?
#1000 of 2502 Re: Electrical gremlins
Apr 11, 2002 (4:18 pm)
There was a recall for the combination (turn signal, lights, wipers, etc.) switch. Maybe it was never replaced. Don't know about the mirrors. Yes, the V6 requires premium fuel.
Apr 12, 2002 (4:38 am)
The V6 will run on regular fuel just fine, it just won't be pumping 100% of the horsepower and will likely get 1-2mpg less than it would with premium. The annual cost going with premium (considering the mpg loss) is rather trivial for someone driving 15K per year. 50K per year the savings are rather substantial so you make the decision. V6 Camrys require premium as well, but when I was putting 50K a year on them I was running regular fuel and the power difference was only noticable if running aggresively. We've run regular in our V6 Galant and it still feels more powerful than the Camry V6 running premium so I'm satisfied.
#1003 of 2502 Insurance premiums
Apr 25, 2002 (7:26 pm)
What are the insurance premiums like on a 2001 Galant V6?
#1004 of 2502 Re: Insurance Premiums
Apr 26, 2002 (9:50 am)
Before I bought mine in June 2000, I asked my ins. co. for quotes on various cars. About the same as other mainstream mid-size cars - Accord, Camry, etc. No reason for Galant to be much higher or lower.
#1005 of 2502 Fuel, Electrical, Insurance
Apr 28, 2002 (4:44 pm)
I use mid range fuel in my 99 V6. Performance is fine, but not quite as awesome as when I first got the car and used premium.
I own a 99 and have had no electrical problems in 36000 miles.
As for insurance I have been dissapointed in constant rate increases over the past 3 years of ownership. My car is 3 model years old and I pay more than when it was new and that is with no claims. I live in Michigan and have changed companies with only a slight reduction from the increases of the presecessor. I did check with Progressive.com and they quoted me a much lower rate but I've been too busy to deal with changing again.
Then again, since my Blue Cross payment has gone up over 100% in just 3 years I'm shell shocked and don't react the way I should.
#1006 of 2502 Sound advice
Apr 30, 2002 (12:46 pm)
Thanks in great part to the postings in this forum, I purchased my 99 Galant GTZ and am extremely happy so far. The car came with the original AM/FM/cassette stereo that includes controls for a CD player/changer. I've been looking at different CD players/changers and most recommendations so far run around $360 (installed) for a 10-disk changer (Alpine).
Has anybody installed an aftermarket CD player/changer that has worked well at a reasonable price? I actually would be happy with a single in-dash player - I'm mostly concerned about quality, price and potential damage to the car during installation.
BTW, my insurance went up $8/year from my 99 Camry V6...